Grp I
Date: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 2019
Venue:
TV: RTE2

Tyler Toland 7' -
Scored: 7'


Katie McCabe 69' -
Peno Scored: 69'



EURO 2021 Qualifier Report: Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Montenegro

Tue, Sep 03 2019

Katie McCabe scored to seal the win for the Girls in Green Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Dave Donnelly reports from Tallaght Stadium

It’s a case of job done for the Republic of Ireland as they kicked off their Euro 2021 qualification campaign with a 2-0 victory over Montenegro, but it was a far from convincing performance.

Tyler Toland gave Tom O’Connor’s side the ideal start with a seventh-minute piledriver but the hime side could only add one goal to the tally as Katie McCabe converted a second-half penalty.

The visitors set out their stall early to put eleven women behind the ball and frustrate the hosts, having been turned over 10-0 by top seeds Germany three days earlier.

Ireland had beaten Montenegro 9-0 the last time they visited Tallaght in qualification for Euro 2017 and it looked like a repeat was on the cards when Toland found the target early on.

The new Manchester City signing found herself in acres of space on the edge of the box and took a touch before firing a low shot past Ivana Cabarkapa at her near post.

That should have been the signal for Ireland to kick on and boost their goal difference, but that gear-change never materialised, and the home side meandered for much of the first half.

McCabe sent a hopeful shot spiralling over the bar and Denise O’Sullivan saw her effort blocked after Harriet Scott’s penalty appeals were turned down.

Ireland could have doubled their lead in injury time at the end of the first half as McCabe’s corner was punched into the air by Cabarkapa but Louise Quinn couldn’t turn home at the back post.

Heather Payne replaced Claire O’Riordan at the break and took up an attacking role on the right and she almost had an immediate impact as she cut the ball back from the endline.

The ball missed both attack and defence and fell perfectly for the late-arriving Toland and she should have doubled her tally, but she got under the ball and lofted her shot high over the bar.

McCabe’s set-pieces were Ireland’s main source of chances and another of a succession of free kicks around the box saw Quinn head directly at the keeper.

The captain got her chance to make it two from the spot as Jadranka Pavicevic handled in the box, and she sent Cabarkapa the wrong way from 12 yards.

Montenegro’s only real chance arrived with 16 minutes remaining as captain Sladjana Bulatovic cut in from the right and took aim at goal, but her low shot was easily covered by an underworked Marie Hourihan.

McCabe should have made it three late following industrious work from Rianna Jarrett, but the Arsenal winger couldn’t turn her low cross inside the near post from close range.

And Cabarkapa was at her best moments later to deny Quinn’s header, again from McCabe’s corner, reaching high to claw the ball out of the sky and it remained 2-0 at the finish.

 

Republic of Ireland: Marie Hourihan; Claire O’Riordan (Heather Payne 46), Diane Caldwell (Claire Walsh 76), Louise Quinn, Harriet Scott; Niamh Fahey (Megan Connolly 81), Tyler Toland, Denise O’Sullivan; Jess Gargan, Katie McCabe, Rianna Jarrett.

Subs not used: Grace Moloney (gk), Eabha O’Mahony, Chloe Singleton, Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Amber Barrett, Stephanie Roche.

Booked: None.

 

 

Montenegro: Ivana Cabarkapa; Aleksandra Popovic, Maja Saranovic, Tatjana Djurkovic, Jadranka Pavicevic, Darija Djukic; Nadja Stanovic (Marija Vukcevic 90+2), Sladjana Bulatovic, Jasna Djokovic (Jelena Karlicic 64), Dzenita Ramcilovic; Armisa Kuc (Tamara Bojat 82).

Subs not used: Ines Obradovic (gk), Milica Knezevic (gk), Sanja Nedic, Marija Maras, Jelena Vujadinovic, Helena Bozic.

Booked: Aleksandra Popovic (41), Jadranka Pavicevic (69), Nadja Stanovic (90+1).

 

Referee: Catarina Campo (Portugal).

Attendance: 3,423.

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Denise O’Sullivan (Republic of Ireland).


Republic of Ireland Women
Marie Hourihan
Goalkeeper
Harriet Scott
Defender
Louise Quinn
Defender
Claire O'Riordan
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Defender
Diane Caldwell
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Defender
Denise O'Sullivan
Midfielder
Katie McCabe
69Peno: 69'
Midfielder
Jessica Gargan
Midfielder
Niamh Fahey
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Midfielder
Tyler Toland
7Scored: 7'
Midfielder
Rianna Jarrett
Forward

Substitutes
Chloe Singleton
Midfield
Eleanor Ryan Doyle
Midfield
Stephanie Roche
Forward
Heather Payne
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Forward
Eabha O'Mahony
Defender
Grace Moloney
Goalkeeper
Megan Connolly
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Midfield
Amber Barrett
Forward
Claire Walsh
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Midfield
Montenegro Women
Ivana Cabarkapa
Goalkeeper
Darija Djukic
Defender
Tatjana Djurkovic
Defender
Aleksandra Popovic
Defender
41Booked: 41'
Maja Saranovic
Defender
Sladjana Bulatovic
Midfielder
Jadranka Pavicevic
Midfielder
69Booked: 69'
Dzenita Ramcilovic
Midfielder
Jasna Djokovic
Forward 64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Armisa Kuc
Forward 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Nadja Stanovic
Forward
90Booked: 90'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'

Substitutes
Tamara Bojat
Forward
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Helena Bozic
Forward
Jelena Karlicic
Forward
64Subbed On: 64'
64'
Milica Knezevic
Goalkeeper
Marija Maras
Defender
Sanja Nedic
Defender
Ines Obradovic
Goalkeeper
Jelena Vujadinovic
Midfield
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Marija Vukcevic
Midfield